61 In the 1960s, the ITU – the International Telecom Union - allocated international dialling codes to different countries. In the old days of mechanical telephone exchanges, it took less time to dial a one than a nine. The more important countries therefore got the lower international codes and the less important ones got higher numbers. That's why America and Canada got the international dialling code +1, European countries begin with +3 and +4 and poor 'ol Uzbekistan got +998. And Australia? Well they got +61!! If any Remainers or indeed Corbinners, are still too depressed over BREXIT, they could simply leave this side of the world for the other. Just dial +61 and book an Australian hotel, or stay with an Aussie relative.